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Red Wing School Board members on Monday got their first look at what administrators say next year's middle- and high-school schedules will resemble. The board in November approved a reconfiguration plan that will send fifth-graders to Twin Bluff Middle School and eighth-graders to Red Wing High School. The plan goes into effect for the 2010-11 school year. That will include block scheduling at both schools, administrators said Monday. At the high school, regular class days will be spent in 80-minute blocks.
Red Wing school officials aren't saying they support a controversial teacher-funding plan. But they're not saying they're against it, either. School Board members balked Monday at putting their signature on a document backing the state Department of Education's pursuit of a federal grant. In order to qualify for the federal money - if Minnesota is awarded the Race to the Top grant - school districts must agree to enroll in Q Comp, Gov.
State fire investigators were looking into the cause of a fire that burned a Florence Township home to the ground. Lake City firefighters were called at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to the Wallace and Lois Berlin residence on Hill Avenue for a house fire. Lake City fire Chief Todd Hubbard said the house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, he said. Hubbard said the Minnesota Fire Marshal's Office was investigating the cause, but Hubbard said initial discoveries indicated a wood stove might have been a factor.
Red Wing School Board members on Monday voted for the first time since 1994 to alter their salaries. They voted for a 20 percent pay reduction. "I think we should make a statement and reduce our salaries," said School Board member Perry Sekus, who authored the motion. The vote dropped the chairperson's salary to $1,382. Other members will receive $836 annually. School Board member Dennis Porter said salaries for south-suburban school board members range from $4,000 to $6,500. Though the proposal received unanimous support, board members raised some concerns.
Jennifer Adler figures the ride from rural Goodhue to Rochester took about 30 minutes. Physically, at least. Mentally, not even close. "It seemed like it was hours," the Goodhue Township woman said. Before the ambulance ride was over, she was dealing with a very impatient 6-pound, 1-ounce daughter. The situation began Dec. 14 after doctors at Rochester Methodist Hospital sent her home.
When Tim Sletten started on the force 31 years ago, Red Wing cops carried standard-issue six-round revolvers and nightsticks. Today, his officers carry .40 caliber handguns that hold 17 rounds to go with Tazers and Asp nightsticks. In most squad cars, a shotgun and an assault rifle. Not to mention the techie gadgets available in the department's arsenal room.
Local ice adventurers are being asked to play it cautious, at least for the time being. Goodhue County sheriff's deputies said two ice breakthroughs over the weekend lend credence to their concerns. On Saturday a Red Wing man found himself in chest-high water just off the docks at the Boat Village. While the 57-year-old did not request medical assistance, sheriff's Sgt. Kris Johnson said the man was unable to get out of the water without assistance.
A Red Wing city panel is hoping the community can muster an additional gift this holiday season - three new commissioners. Beginning Jan. 1, the Human Rights Commission loses three of its seven members. And despite what staff liaison Tim Sletten called an active effort to recruit new commissioners, the well has been running dry. "We really need three good members who are interested in human rights," said Chairwoman Kirsten Fridell. She will watch Lois Burnes, Don Mayo and Marilyn Olson leave their posts, each having served out two terms on the board.
One of the thorniest issues among Minnesota educators has suddenly resurfaced in Red Wing as school officials look to a new funding opportunity. Red Wing School Board members learned Monday of a proposal could tether Gov.
The Red Wing School District and the local teachers union have reached a verbal agreement for the next two-year contract, district officials said. Supt. Stan Slessor announced the tentative agreement at Monday's School Board meeting. District officials declined to release details of the agreement until after teachers were updated. The teachers were expected to review and vote on the proposal the week of Jan. 4, Slessor said. If teachers vote to approve the deal, School Board members will finalize the agreement at a special Jan.